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In Mozart's Shadow by Carolyn Meyer
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May 19, 2008

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I was very excited when I heard about this book's release--a book about Mozart's sister by one of my favorite authors!--but unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. If it were not for my interest in the subject, I probably would have given In Mozart's Shadow only a two-star rating. The writing was extremely unemotional, and all the characters aside from Mozart (even Nannerl) had absolutely no distinctive personality. Basically this was a novelized biography of Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart's pretty awful life. (Everything that ever mattered to her was denied her or taken away from her. Or she gave it up.)
True, I did learn a lot about Nannerl (a woman whose existence most people today are completely unaware of) and her life, but for the originality of the book, I might as well have read the Wikipedia article about her.

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